Want her vote? Don’t robocall
May’s primary was the first election in which I didn’t vote because I was protesting the number of robocalls received on my landline from candidates. An invasion of privacy, these prerecorded tele-campaigns should be outlawed. With other kinds of robocalls, prior consent is required. But political candidates had carte blanche, ringing my telephone day and night, from 7:30 in the morning until 10 p.m.
When I was home to answer these robocalls, I ran up a flight of stairs from doing laundry or ran inside from watering flowers only to hear someone’s auto-dialed spiel on the wonders he would perform if only I voted for him. My choice was to listen, hang up or not answer. When I chose to hang up, the phone still had that blinking light. When I chose not to answer, my inbox filled to capacity.
I missed a reminder for a dental appointment, calls from my students, a dinner invitation — all because my inbox was filled with junk politicos.
In the future, I will not allow candidates who resort to these calls to let my voting privilege fall by the wayside. Instead, I’ll make a list of the miscreants and vote for the other candidates, the ones who walk the neighborhood when I am watering the flowers, who write me unobtrusive letters.
If the U.S. Postal Service isn’t good enough for candidates, maybe they should consider a different career from government.